you again for making Teacher Appreciation Week so special! Mrs.
Burgess and I are truly touched by your thoughtful and generous
week, we talked about the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven and about
Pentecost and the Holy Spirit. Have you been hearing the song "Heaven is a Wonderful Place"? If not, ask your child to sing
it for you. It has a catchy tune and we all loved dancing to it as
we sang. The children also painted pictures of their own versions
of heaven. When you see the painting, be sure to ask your child to
describe the details he or she included. We also watched an animated
DVD that portrayed the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven, and the Holy
Spirit and the Apostles on Pentecost.
children liked learning what it means to "ascend." As a way to
wrap up the week, we blew bubbles on the playground and watched them
ascend into the heavens! We also popped bubbles, chased bubbles and
had a lot of fun!
very rewarding to see how well your children are learning the letters
and letter sounds! They are writing many letters and words now to
describe their drawings. I tell them that they are writers and
readers when they come to the front of the room during Circle Time
and read to us what they have written. At the end of the year, you
will receive a packet of all of their writing center drawings.
have also been practicing writing letters in shaving cream, on Magna
Doodle boards and on handwriting sheets. We often play I’m
Thinking of a Word or ABC Bingo. Everyday we find lots of letters
and sight words on the News of the Day charts and on the song sheets
they include in their I Can Read Anthology notebooks. The children
very proudly show me when they discover letters or words on their own
during the day. Thank you for reinforcing the letters at home and
for encouraging them to bring in homework each week. They are always
so happy to share it!
Monday, we will begin our Ocean Unit! Our Letter of the Week will be "o," both the long and the short sounds, for ocean and octopus.
I know that the children will love studying about ocean animals.
There are still two meetings
left to discuss the changes happening to the church and to the
school. If you would like to give your input to this process,
please attend a meeting on Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. or Wednesday,
May 22 at 7 p.m. (please
note change of date ).
Both meetings will be held in Hinde Hall.
Here are some other dates to
note on your calendar:
May 22: Library Day
May 23: Retirement Party for Mrs. Nancy Roberts
May 27: Memorial Day: no school
May 29: Appreciation Tea
June 5: Library Day
June 10: Professional Day: no school
June 13: Playday and last day of school for JK (2 p.m. dismissal)